EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The Importance of Being Marginal: Gender Differences in Generosity

Stefano DellaVigna (), John List (), Ulrike Malmendier () and Gautam Rao

American Economic Review, 2013, vol. 103, issue 3, 586-90

Abstract: Do men and women have different social preferences? Previous findings are contradictory. We provide a potential explanation using evidence from a field experiment. In a door-to-door solicitation, men and women are equally generous, but women become less generous when it becomes easy to avoid the solicitor. Our structural estimates of the social preference parameters suggest an explanation: women are more likely to be on the margin of giving, partly because of a less dispersed distribution of altruism. We find similar results for the willingness to complete an unpaid survey; women are more likely to be on the margin of participation.

JEL-codes: D64 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.586
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (24) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/aer.103.3.586 (application/pdf)
http://www.aeaweb.org/aer/ds/may2013/P2013_4419_ds.zip (application/zip)
http://www.aeaweb.org/aer/data/may2013/P2013_4419_app.pdf (application/pdf)
Access to full text is restricted to AEA members and institutional subscribers.

Related works:
Working Paper: The Importance of Being Marginal: Gender Differences in Generosity (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: The Importance of Being Marginal: Gender Differences in Generosity (2013) Downloads
Working Paper: The Importance of Being Marginal: Gender Differences in Generosity Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:103:y:2013:i:3:p:586-90

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
https://www.aeaweb.org/journals/subscriptions

Access Statistics for this article

American Economic Review is currently edited by Esther Duflo

More articles in American Economic Review from American Economic Association Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Michael P. Albert ().

 
Page updated 2019-04-19
Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:103:y:2013:i:3:p:586-90